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Oct
22

1980 Plymouth Gran Fury

When Chrysler Corporation rolled out its redesigned big car for 1979, it did so without including a Plymouth in the lineup. New for 1979—though arguably not new enough—were the Dodge St. Regis, replacing the Royal Monaco, and the Chrysler New Yorker and Newport, the latter of which was intended to be the affordable big car in Chrysler/Plymouth showrooms.

Oct
20
1980 Cadillac Eldorado

1980 Cadillac Eldorado

I’ve been told to “grow up” most of my life. About the time my folks gave up on me, my wife and daughter accepted the challenge of getting me to act my age. In deference to my family’s pet cause, I have decided to revisit my high-school years, this time reviewing those days through the clear (but squinty) eyes of a 50-year-old man.

Oct
16
Cigarette prices.

Not only will quitting smoking make you feel better, you can upgrade your ride, too, should you so choose. (Prices above as advertised in Lincolnwood, Illinois.)

I am not a man without vices. My daily caffeine regimen taps the Appel-family coffers for close to $100 a month. Not a huge amount of money by contemporary standards, but not a dismissible sum either.

I mention this having recently burrowed deep into the murky past, recalling a particular high-school personal-finance class lecture dealing with opportunity cost. The core message was simple enough: Money spent on one thing cannot be spent on something else.

Oct
10
1955 Chevrolet Biscayne Concept Car

Identify this 1955 concept car for one bonus point.

You know the drill–we give you an abstract portion of a brochure page, and you have to guess the vehicle featured. For this quiz we’re featuring the cars of 1955. All the vehicles in question were available for sale in the U.S. We can also tell you that none of the cars here are especially rare, obscure, or of a kit-car nature.

Oct
08
EPA Monroney Label

In it’s Fuel Economy Trends report, the EPA ranks U.S. vehicle retailers. Here’s how those companies stack up in terms of fleet fuel economy for 2013.

The U.S. new-vehicle fleet is the most efficient it’s ever been, this according to the 2014 edition of the EPA’s Fuel Economy Trends report.

Per the report, the average fuel economy of the new-vehicle fleet rose to 24.1 mpg for 2013, up .5 mpg over 2012. Included in the report are the EPA’s manufacturer estimates for 2014, which we present below.

Oct
06
1990 Silverado and 2015 Colorado

Are contemporary midsize trucks really full size? The chart below suggests the lines have blurred.

When convenience-store chain 7-11 introduced the Big Gulp fountain-drink cup in 1980, many consumers were scandalized by the container’s 32-ounce capacity. Indeed, the quart-size cup seemed massive compared to the 7-ounce returnable bottles Coca-Cola once charmingly considered a single serving. Shoppers got past their large-cup apprehension soon enough, however, as 7-11 would soon roll out 48-ounce Super-Big-Gulp and staggering 64-ounce Double-Gulp containers.

Oct
03
1973 Impala Custom Coupe

This Impala Custom Coupe, at $3793, was not the cheapest Chevrolet big coupe. The Impala Sport coupe, which featured a thinner, less-formal C-pillar, could be had for $67 less. The vinyl roof treatment shown here added $106 to the bottom line.

Among the top-10 most-popular TV shows of 1973 were The Bob Hope Specials, NBC Follies, and The Flip Wilson Show. It’s hard to imagine a variety show cracking the top-50 most-watched programs today, at least variety shows without a “reality” twist to them.

Sep
24
2004 Suzuki Verona

Identify this car for one bonus point. It’s an ’04, if that helps.

Today we whisk you back to 2004. Your challenge is to determine which of the following vehicles was NOT available the year we met Hurricane Ivan. 

Sep
23
Cadillac, The Standard of the World. 2016 LTS.

Cadillac’s 2016 flagship is challenged to take on the best sedans Europe has to offer. Tom thinks the new car deserves a better name.

If you don’t have a lucky number, you likely at least have a number or two you prefer to other digits. I, for example, rather like the numbers 2, 5, 14, and 21. I became aware of my fondness for these numbers one night while nursing a $2 gin and tonic at a now-defunct Iowa riverboat-casino roulette table.

 Automakers like numbers, too. Many storied model names have been enhanced by a carefully placed numeric suffix. Think of such classic monikers as Cougar XR-7, Fury II, and Galaxie 500, and you get the idea.

Sep
18
XXX

If this were a 6-car list, the Chrysler Imperial Coupe shown here would have made the list. The Imperial Sedan, however, just made the top 5.

I’ll just admit it. I chose 1974 because I wanted to get a car other than a Cadillac or Lincoln on the list. If you check out our The 5 Most Expensive Cars of 1972 post, you’ll a lineup of comprised entirely by cars of those makes.

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